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Canada’s unions disappointed that new Ombudsperson has been appointed without promised powers

Canada’s unions are disappointed that the long-awaited appointment of a Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise (CORE) has not been accompanied by the promised power to investigate abuses and redress the harm caused by Canadian companies operating abroad... “Today’s announcement naming an ombudsperson is a welcome step, however this post must hold investigatory powers in order to help ensure that Canadian corporations are compelled to respect their human rights obligations abroad,” said CLC President Hassan Yussuff... “The commissioned legal review to determine the options to provide the advisor with investigatory powers must not be delayed... Without investigatory capacity it is a powerless advisory post. We expect the required powers be assigned before the end of this electoral mandate.”

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